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New Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Screens Show The Game’s Combat And Worlds

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be the final entry in the long-running series before Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally released. Square recently revealed some new screens for the game showing off several of its different worlds, characters, and combat. 

Judging by the screens, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, originally released in 2012 on the 3DS, has really benefited from its upscale for the PlayStation 4, looking comparable to the recent HD re-releases of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2 on the PlayStation 3 in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Check out 20 new screens below.

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will feature the aforementioned Dream Drop Distance, as well as a new HD cinematic film called Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover and an entirely new game called Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage. The collection is expected to release this December.

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Mafia III Screens Chart A Course For Vengeance

2K Games and Hangar 13 have invested years in building the world of Mafia III, and the time and attention shown to create a believable recreation of the game’s 1960s setting really shows. Look no further than these new screens for the promising game, which do a great job of showing off the fictional city of New Bordeaux, a not-so-subtle reimagining of New Orleans from 1968.

From a shot of a flooded southern street, to images of stealth gameplay in the midst of the bayou, Mafia III is aiming to immerse players in its historical fiction. The story focuses on a Vietnam vet who returns home, only to have his friends in the black mob gunned down by the Italian Mafia. Many of the images below help illustrate steps along protagonist Lincoln Clay’s path to revenge. 

Mafia III is targeting release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 7. You can also check out a trailer released earlier this week. 

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New Horizon: Zero Dawn Screens Capture Fierce Combat And Vicious Mech Wildlife

At last night's Sony press conference, we saw a good chunk of Horizon: Zero Dawn's gameplay, with main character Alloy shooting arrows, riding a robotic creature, and conversing via a dialogue wheel.

Horizon Zero: Dawn takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where mechanized creatures rule the roost. The new screenshots show off some of the different robotic wildlife roaming the land and how Alloy will survive against them with merely her bow and arrow. Don't worry, she's pretty good at archery, and it looks like she also has plenty of explosive traps at her disposal. Also, check out that conversation wheel.

If you haven't had a chance to see it in action, we've included the press conference footage with a bevy of gorgeous screens from it below. 

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Horizon: Zero Dawn launches on February 28, 2017 for PlayStation 4. 

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Revel In The Mystery Of Kojima’s Death Stranding Screens

One of the biggest surprises of Sony’s 2016 E3 press conference was the announcement of Kojima Productions’ new project, an enigmatic game called Death Stranding. A trailer was shown for the game, and now we have the chance to take an up close look at screens chosen and released by Sony.

Unfortunately, the official screens don’t offer any additional understanding of just what we can expect out of the project, but the high-quality images do invite speculation: Just what is going on with Reedus’ character on this cold and lonely beach, filled with oily liquid, suffocating death imagery, and looming godlike forms in the sky?

Share your theories in the comments below. 

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NHL 17 Full Feature Set & New Screens Unveiled

The NHL development team at EA Canada has opened the tap on the feature set for NHL 17 – and it's good it is getting these details in before the real-life NHL season's over since it looks like the Pens might be wrapping this thing up soon.

Modes

  • Be A GM Adds Owners: The franchise mode is expanded to include team ownership decisions and goals. This means control over ticket prices, arena upgrades (more on that below), and even relocation. These features have been in Madden for a few years now, so it'll be interesting to see what EA Canada has learned from that implementation. 
  • World Cup of Hockey: All the teams, players, and unis of the upcoming international tourney. 
  • Draft Champions: Like FIFA and Madden before it, NHL is getting the quick-and-easy version of Ultimate Team for its own. No details on this just yet, so it will be interesting to see if the franchise puts its own spin on things and the buy-in amount. 
  • Hockey Ultimate Team: Pair players together for Synergy perks and collect new HUT sets for prizes that mirror what's going on in the real world. 
  • EASHL: Here you earn customization items for your team, players, and arena via a badge system. 
  • ECHL: The minor league has been added with 27 teams and their jerseys and players. There are 28 teams in the league, so one team appears to have been left out.

Creation & Customization

  • Arena Creator: Whether for franchise relocation in Be A GM mode or for your EASHL team, you can choose your scoreboard, ice, goal light, songs (no word if this is via user upload), and arena lighting effects. I'm unclear if this is just for relocation, or if teams can upgrade their arenas in their existing cities.
  • Player Customization: You can customize your team's uniform, including patches and logos, and items for these will be unlocked as you progress.

Gameplay

  • Goalies: They have added animations and improved positional awareness. In addition, they can also do reactionary saves, and the goalie A.I. reads their own positioning, the angle of the shooter/puck, and the overall threat of the situation before triggering a save. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, and it's good to hear work is being put into this area.
  • Elbow Alley: NHL 17 promises to improve the action down in front of the net, but there are no details on this important gameplay facet just yet.
  • Aids: The on-ice trainer and feedback from coaches have improved, and there are more gameplay customization options. At this time, however, there are no additional details.
  • Other Gameplay Improvements: Tweaked passing and puck pickups. More responsive defenders in terms of skating and stopping, and varied hits (pushing someone off the puck, rubbing someone out along the boards, and big hits).

For more related to NHL 17, check out our wishlist for the franchise.

Also be sure to tune in next week during E3, when we'll have our gameplay impressions of the new title.

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Square Enix Releases New Character Screens And Stills From Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix updated the Japanese site for its upcoming film, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, today with new character information and stills. And they're gorgeous.

Information for seven of the film's characters has been updated with profiles — albeit in Japanese — and stills from the film. Announced in March, the film is expected to release before Final Fantasy launches on September 30 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The movie will fill in what's happening in Lucis while main character Noctis and friends are on their journey. Check out a gallery of the new screens below.

[Source: Square Enix]

 


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Life Is Strange Dev Dontnod Releases First Screens For Upcoming Vampyr

Dontnod revealed Vampyr last year, and the studio behind Life is Strange has released the first screens for its upcoming game. It's set in London during an outbreak of the Spanish flu in 1918, and players take on the role of a doctor. To further complicate things, he's also a vampire.

If these images are any indication, the studio is going for a darker visual tone than Life is Strange, though Dontnod says that decision-making will be as important. Characters in the world have their own stories and relationships, and if players choose to feed on them, they'll be gone forever – creating potentially unforeseen effects in the process. On the other hand, players can also choose to cure sick characters instead by taking advantage of the doctor's appropriate skillset.

The studio, perhaps drawing from its earlier game Remember Me, is also incorporating combat into Vampyr. The doctor can attack using traditional melee combat infused with a variety of supernatural vampiric abilities. Expect to see upgradeable weapons, poisons, and, of course, loot.

The game is set for a 2017 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Check Out Exclusive New Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Screens

A few days ago we announced that TT Games' return to Star Wars was our next cover-story game. Today, we're showing off some new and exclusive screens from the game, highlighting new and familiar faces (and places).

Take a look at the gallery for some shots from the upcoming game. You'll recognize locations including Jakku and Starkiller Base, along with heroes Rey, Finn, Han Solo, BB-8 and Chewbacca. You might notice a few moments from The Return of the Jedi in there, too. While the game features levels based on The Force Awakens and also some extra missions that canonically expand on the new movie's fiction, TT Fusion is also going back to Jedi in a special mission that features some of that film's biggest sequences.

As I wrote in the 12-page cover story, one of the most striking things about revisiting events from Return of the Jedi is seeing just how far TT Games' has come over the years. The battle against Emperor Palpatine was fairly boring in the original game, but it definitely gets its due in the new one.

Look for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 28 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, 3DS, Vita, and PC.

Be sure to come back to the site throughout the month for more exclusive features, interviews, and video content.

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[Screens Added] Nina Williams Joins Tekken 7 Roster With Fated Retribution Update

Update: Screenshots of Nina Williams in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution have been added.

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Deadly assassin Nina Williams is returning to the King of the Iron Fist tournament once more. The classic character has been announced as the newest addition to Tekken 7's roster through its updated arcade release Fated Retribution. 

To see Nina Williams in action in Tekken 7, you can check out her reveal trailer below.

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The news comes in celebration of the announcement that Tekken 7: Fated Retribution is going to be featured at this year's Evo after Tekken 7 was featured last year. The annual fighting game tournament always draws massive crowds and viewership across the globe as the world's best converge to compete for the title of their respective games. Rounding out the Evo lineup is Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd – Revelator, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pokkén Tournament, and Killer Instinct. Evo 2016 starts on July 15 and runs through July 17 in Las Vegas.

The arcade version of Tekken 7 released last year in Japan. A console version is currently scheduled to release sometime in 2016.

 

Our Take
It's great to see a mainstay character return to the series after being left out in the initial Japanese arcade run.

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New Space Hulk: Deathwing Screens Highlight What Might Be Your Grave

In Space Hulk: Deathwing, players face an unrelenting and ravenous alien enemy. Fortunately for the game's Librarian heroes, they're equipped with a variety of potent weapons to permanently shush the Genestealer threat. A new batch of screens shows some of the game's environments and, of course, the terrifying creatures that the Space Marines have to eradicate.

The screens, which you can see in the gallery below, include shots of abandoned vessels including a Black Templar battle barge and an Adeptus Mechanicus vessel. If those names don't trip any alarms for you, all you need to know is that they're big, dark, and not as empty as one might hope. Players can take on the threat either as a Space Marine with A.I. companions, or cooperatively with other players. It features a dynamic enemy A.I. system that rewards skilled players with increasing hordes of enemies, similarly to how Left 4 Dead's Director system worked. 

Space Hulk: Deathwing is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this year.

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